Tag: Information Technology

Space Station surgery experiment portends bright future for exploration, Earth-based medicine

Editor's Note Surgeons in Lincoln, Nebraska performed the first “operation” in space via remote control of a robot wielding scissors to cut through rubber bands, a historic first that has implications beyond space travel. Space.com reported the news February 22. Guided by onboard cameras and facing nearly second-long communications delays,…

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By: Matt Danford
February 27, 2024
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Unveiling ECRI’s 2024 top 10 health technology hazards list

What is the purpose of the top 10 health technology hazards list, released every year by ECRI? “Our number one goal at ECRI is to reduce preventable harm,” stresses Jason Launders, MSC, former director of operations, device evaluation, at ECRI. “We know that every healthcare provider has a lot they…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
February 27, 2024
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ChatGPT study prompts questions about clinical applications for large-language-model AI

Editor's Note Although ChatGPT has shown human-level performance on several professional and academic benchmarks, a recent study of its potential for clinical applications raised questions among surgeon evaluators. Findings were reported in the journal Surgery on January 20. Specifically, researchers tested OpenAI’s general-purpose large-language model on questions from the Surgical…

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By: Matt Danford
February 1, 2024
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Study: AI model explanations fail to combat bias

Editor's Note New data raise questions about the effectiveness of image-based AI model explanations in helping clinicians recognize systematic bias when diagnosing hospitalized patients. The findings appeared in JAMA on December 19. Researchers looked at the diagnostic accuracy of 457 hospital physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants in diagnosing patients…

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By: Brita Belli
December 20, 2023
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FDA encourages new cybersecurity standards on medical device manufacturing

Editor's Note The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recognized the latest guidance on medical device cybersecurity from the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), an AAMI November 14 press release reports. This latest cybersecurity recognition is encouraging its use across the medical device manufacturing industry to…

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By: Brita Belli
November 15, 2023
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Optimizing productivity measurement in the ASC

Takeaways Clinical hours per case is a simple, yet effective, productivity metric. Analysis of productivity measures can include benchmarking against external and internal data. A positive work culture will improve staff productivity. Productivity is a foundational concept for leaders of ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). “Measuring productivity is essential to be…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
November 15, 2023
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How health systems are using tech tools to make ORs more efficient

Most hospitals agree that they can better harness the data they are collecting from registration through discharge in order to streamline patient turnovers, reduce wait times, and improve patient and staff satisfaction, but there is still uncertainty about how best to turn massive quantities of data into better patient outcomes.…

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By: Brita Belli
November 15, 2023
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New cybersecurity toolkit provides guidance to healthcare sector

Editor's Note The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on October 26 announced a new cybersecurity-focused toolkit with resources for healthcare organizations and the public health sector. The two agencies have been working with the Health Sector Coordinating Council (HSCC) Cybersecurity…

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By: Brita Belli
November 3, 2023
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AI-supported app improves physician time, patient communication

Editor's Note Physicians at the University of Kansas Health System are piloting an AI-based app called Abridge that captures feedback from the medical care team and transcribes it for patients, Fox4 August 9 reports. This AI-led process reportedly saved time on documentation while providing clear guidance for patients The new…

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By: Brita Belli
November 1, 2023
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Study evaluates the effectiveness of predictive AI in healthcare settings, identifies shortcomings

Editor's Note Implementing predictive AI models in healthcare settings can alter the baseline assumptions the models were trained on in ways that cause the models to perform worse, according to a recent simulation study published on October 6 by the Annals of Internal Medicine.  The study analyzed 130,000 critical care…

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By: Brita Belli
October 10, 2023
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